2015: One Connecticut Public School Student Was Restrained Over 700 Times in One Year

A new state report found that Connecticut schools pin down and restrain a ‘staggering’ number of kids. Connecticut public schools are far too quick to restrain or isolate unruly children against their will, leaving hundreds with injuries and many others with unmet educational needs, a state report released last week found. The report cited “significant concern” that schools are overusing restraints and so-called seclusion, particularly on kids with emotional or intellectual disabilities. Over the past three years, Connecticut has recorded more than 90,000 instances of restraint and seclusion in public schools and more than 1,300 injuries – at least two dozen of them serious. The report found one child was restrained more than 700 times over the course of a year. “The numbers are staggering,” Mickey Kramer, the Associate Child Advocate for Connecticut and one of the authors of the report, told ProPublica. “We realize that this is a […] Read More